Meet the Physical Education Faculty

Todd Miller, M.S., P.T., A.T.C., Assistant Professor

Todd came to Landmark after 27 years working as a physical therapist and athletic trainer, working all over the US to help people regain optimum function, including several Olympians and World Champions. His passion has always been fostering independence through education, which he feels fits perfectly with Landmark College's mission. He's originally from the area and spends as much time as possible with his family on the local bike and ski trails.

Education:
B.S. physical therapy, University of Vermont
M.S. human performance, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse

Professional memberships:
American College of Sports Medicine
American Physical Therapy Association

 

 

Ellen Wood, Faculty, Resident Dean

Since beginning her career at Landmark in 1992, Ellen has shared her love of sports and learning . She coaches and teaches softball, basketball, and volleyball and has developed essential PE curriculum to expose non-traditional students to the fundamentals of sports and the benefits of walking for health and the love of snowshoeing in the winter. Ellen has her MEd from Antioch University New England’s Experienced Educators Master’s program with a certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She also has a BS in Communications from Lyndon State College where she played on the soccer and basketball teams and studied coaching in preparation for a career of being an athletic coach.

In addition to her roles as resident dean and teaching in the PE department, she also teaches communications and group advising courses. Ellen was MVP of her high school volleyball team, a member of the NH state championship team her senior year,  and winner of the "I Love to Practice" award.

 

Kari Post, Assistant Director of Recreation and Outdoor Programs

Kari brings her love for adventure and more than a decade of teaching experience to Landmark College. She holds a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science Teaching from The College of New Jersey and a M.S. in Environmental Studies and Environmental Education from Antioch University New England. She is also is a certified Wilderness First Responder and CPR and First Aid instructor. Prior to joining Landmark’s PE department, Kari ran the rock climbing program at the Keene Family YMCA in New Hampshire and worked as an outdoor educator, adventure guide, and photographer, leading trips internationally and throughout the United States. Kari has climbed to 19,000 feet while mountaineering in South America, biked unsupported across the United States, and taught photography to underprivileged youth in Haiti. She teaches Intro to Rock Climbing at Landmark and also serves as the college’s Assistant Director of Recreation and Outdoor Programs.

 

Kristin Cassidy, Adjunct Instructor

Kristin is a Kripalu Certified Yoga Instructor and owner of her own Yoga & Spin studio, Bodhifit, located in Brattleboro. She has been teaching yoga for over 8 years and loves offering her practice to college students. Her yoga classes cater to all levels of fitness, offering a foundation and working up to a more challenging and compassionate dynamic flow connecting breath awareness with postures to tone, strengthen, revitalize, balance and restore the body & mind. She is committed to providing a safe, inspiring space which allows students to be and accept who they are as well as to access their own inner wisdom. She encourages her students to stay present in their experience and the unfoldment of each pose by exploring their edge in order to open to growth, possibility and transformation. She believes yoga is not about achieving the perfect pose but more about accepting yourself exactly as you are, however you are showing up. Kristin loves to share her passion for yoga and her intention is to inspire her students and create a positive impact. Students consistently report that Yoga helps them be to more relaxed and centered and better able to handle the challenges in life off the mat.

 

Erik Schmitt, Adjunct Instructor

Erik graduated from Marlboro College with a degree in Medieval History. During his undergraduate education, he began his formal training in multiple styles of Eastern and Western martial arts. Erik has operated a fencing school since 2005, teaching rapier classes across southern Vermont. When he is not teaching or training, he wields a hammer in his Brookline workshop, reproducing Medieval European armor.

 

John Wood, Faculty

John has been one of the foundations of the Physical Education Department since its creation in the late 1990s. He has coached basketball and baseball teams at Landmark since 1992. John Wood has been a Resident Dean since 1992, and he has been published in a variety of periodicals including, "Coach and Athletic Director Magazine."

 

Lorna Young, Adjunct Instructor

Lorna Young has been involved with therapeutic riding programs since the mid-70's when she graduated from, and went on to teach at, the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center in Augusta, Michigan. In 1980, back in her native New Hampshire, Lorna established Highlawn Riding for the Handicapped. A decade later, Lorna and her family relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina, where she started the Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program. Lorna obtained her PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification in 1995 and accepted a Therapeutic Instructor position at Horse Power Therapeutic Horsemanship in Temple, New Hampshire. After two and a half  years as an Instructor at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, Connecticut, Lorna returned to Vermont to take her current position as Program Director at the Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center. As such, She is responsible for all aspects of the therapeutic program at Winchester Stables including teaching, volunteer training, clinics, workshops and events.